On the outskirts of Havana are found the zoological gardens where animals representing the fauna of Cuba and other countries are displayed. With a surface area of just over 340 hectares (840 acres), the zoo is distinguished for its varied forested areas.
Opened in 1984, the National Zoological Park is currently Cuba’s fifth most important area for observing the greatest number of bird groups. This is in addition to an abundance of animals living in practically free spaces that simulate their natural habitat.
The park guarantees pleasure and diversion for all visitors. Available are a range of recreational activities that are simultaneously educational. It also offers exhibitions of fauna, scientific events and both national and international scientific training.
The zoological gardens are the ideal place for spending an easygoing day with the family. In a 45-hectare (111 acre) area, you can treat yourself to the experience of visiting the wonderful African Grasslands –similar to the savanna of east Africa– which is the home to zebras, antelope, elephants, giraffes and rhinos.
In 2012, the park received an additional 150 animals –lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo, hyenas, rhinos, elephants, etc.– as a gift from the Namibian government. Young animals were brought to help refurbish the zoo’s gene pool.
Also, calling attention is the lion enclosure –looking like a deep quarry– and the unique opportunity to touch your favorite cub in the show about the life of these animals.
Location: Capdevila Highway, km 3 ½, Boyeros
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Beatriz Ortega Chirino